Shorapani, Georgia

The scenery of Shorapani

The scenery of Shorapani

On the way to Gori from Kutaisi, I found the souvenir shops which dealt in with ceramics at the road side, so I dropped in  Shorapani village, it is also called Slosa or Sarapana.

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Pottery souvenir shops at the road side

Shorapani is a small town in Georgian, situated in the Zestafoni District, part of the region of Imereti. It is 42km east from Kutaisi.

Shorapani lies on the shore of River Chkherimela.

Shorapani lies on the shore of River Chkherimela.

Founded in the 3rd century BC, it served as a residence of the dukes of Duchy of Shorapani in the Antiquity and the early middle ages.

Near the town are the ruins of a fortress, mentioned as Sarapana by Strabo and Procopius as a strong position on the road that led from Colchis to Iberia. (Strabo and Procopius are geographers of the ancient times.)

Ruin of Shorapani Fortress

Ruin of Shorapani Fortress

According to the legend, which is mentioned in old Greek mythology, Jason and his Argonauts friends passed through this town during their travel in old Colchis.

Ruin of Shorapani Fortress

Ruin of Shorapani Fortress

Shorapani Fortress: In 3rd century B.C. Kartlian king Parnavaz constructed a fortress which was used to serve in medieval ages as fortress in Shorapani, Zestaponi region. The fortress was so large and full of tunnels that the population of the city could fit in it without a problem. Because of its strategic importance, the Shorapani fortress was constantly attacked. People assume that caravanserai and a market were located here. Shorapani represented the link between western and eastearn countries.

River Chkherimela in Shorapani

River Chkherimela in Shorapani

Shorapani is a very beautiful small town, but it is also at the center of the pottery industry in the region.

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Souvenir shops of pottery

There were no customers who shopped while I was at here.

Local Bakery

Local Bakery

In this area, locals sell sweet bread called nazuki along the highway. Quite delicious.

Baking pot

Baking pot

These white breads are also known as puri. This bread is also delicious.

I wanted to stay in this town more, but it was impossible. I left here.

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